Did President López Obrador launch a poll?

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Did President López Obrador launch a poll?
President López Obrador has proposed a referendum to decide if he continues in the presidency - Photo: Berenice Fregoso/EL UNIVERSAL
English 16/09/2020 09:49 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 09:57
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Did President López Obrador launch a poll?

In recent weeks, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that according to a poll, over 70% of Mexican support him. Yesterday, López Obrador mentioned this poll once again and said he gained 1% last weekend. The President said “I don’t want to boast about it, but in the latest poll from last weekend, 71% of people want me to continue being President. I gained 1%, but so did the opposition.” Nevertheless, President López Obrador didn’t mention which poll is measuring his popularity, which company is behind it, and who pays for it.

The polemic referendum against ex-presidents

The absence of minister Arturo Zaldívar, the head of the Supreme Court, in two events hosted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been notorious. First, Zaldívar missed the state of the union address on September 1, and then he missed a ceremony to remember Mexico’s child heroes at the Chapultepec castle. Sources said his absence could be linked to the referendum the President proposed to launch a probe against five former Mexican presidents because the Supreme Court will decide if this is constitutional or if it violates the law. Is the court upset about having to handle this case? Or is it better for both government branches to keep their distance amid the situation?

Lawmakers take a few days off

Being a lawmaker is tiring. Although federal lawmakers didn’t have a busy week and only worked on Monday and Tuesday, they decided they needed a break. After such a tiring week, they will take six days off and return to work until September 22. But don’t think this is abusive, the thing is lawmakers will soon enter a debate to discuss the 2021 Budget, which implies many sacrifices and budget cuts.

The PT vs. Esteban Moctezuma

If you didn’t believe the PT has distanced itself from Morena and the federal government, we have proof. Sources said the parliamentary group led by Reginaldo Sandoval presented a bill to launch the Higher Education General Law, where they mention Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma does not belong in the federal government, and didn’t fulfill the lawmakers’ expectations. Moreover, Moctezuma hasn’t shown support to the teachers who opposed the education reform, and he has ties to officials who do not follow the President’s ideals. Furthermore, the PT accused Esteban Moctezuma of proposing bills that contradict federal laws. Sources said the government doesn’t approve of the PT’s behavior and that Moctezuma is here to stay. All this indicates the relationship between the PT and Morena is over.


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